Alas, but the famous Donald Trump appears to be right on the money. How so? I have heard that he is a germophobe and does not shake hands. Now I must be candid and state that this is not my own personal experience. In fact, the few times that I have met him he did actually shake my hand. I think it is a known fact that he prefers to not shake hands with people. Some may think this is rude and inappropriate behavior, but I say he may be right on the money. Lest you think of me as rude at this point, allow yourself for a moment to consider the following:
- The combination of flu and pneumonia is the seventh leading cause of death in the US.
- Since the flu can be spread by your hands or your coworkers’ hands, in fact any surfaces that you touch…sanitizing our hands should be a priority.
- E. coli, salmonella and and other bacteria that cause gastrointestinal problems; can be found on someone’s hands. Think this sounds ludicrous? Well think again. It is not necessarily about shaking hands. It could be as simple as touching handrails, shopping carts or doorknobs.
- In recent years staph infection has become a serious and sometimes fatal issue. The staph bacteria have become extremely resistant to antibiotics. With effects of staph infections sometimes being deadly, is it not worth it to simply wash your hands?
- Bacteria reproduce every 20 minutes, so it is important to wash your hands, in fact wash them quite often and wash them properly. People touch their faces, that is to say that people touch their mouths and the area just below the nostrils thousands of times per day. I strongly suggest you become aware of how often you touch your face and simply stop.
It is not my desire to perpetuate fear, I simply wish to point out how a little bit of prevention can keep us and our families healthy. Here are simple things that we can live by:
- First and foremost, the best thing you can do to keep your hands free of germs is to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Oh, but by the way my friends, should you happen to be washing your hands in a public restroom, use a paper towel to touch the handles of the faucet. And, why yes of course, use a paper towel to touch the door handle as you exit.
- Become very aware of everything that you touch. Most people assume a public toilet is laden with the most amount of germs. Did you know there are many more surfaces to be nervous about?
- Hand sanitizer, well for those of you who know me well, you have most likely guessed where I’m going with this. That’s right, many hand sanitizers are full of chemicals. In fact the average store bought hand sanitizer is manufactured with the known carcinogen, propylene glycol. No worries my friends, I have a solution for you. And no, it is not that you have to spend bucket loads of cash on natural, organic hand sanitizers. In fact make this a project for you and your children to do together. Aloe vera gel, witch hazel and tea tree oil make a great natural hand sanitizer. Tea tree oil and witch hazel are natural antiseptics. Research has demonstrated that the hand sanitizer must contain a tea tree oil concentration above 4% to be effective.
Here is the standard recipe for an all natural homemade hand sanitizer:
1 cup of 100% aloe vera gel (no added colors)
2 teaspoons of witch hazel (you will need to add a little more perhaps depending on how thin you like it)
25 drops of tea tree oil
Combine these ingredients and add as much witch hazel as you would like depending on how thick or thin you would like the end result to be.
Just a few parting wishes my friends. Keep your little fingers out of the bowl of nuts at the beer halls. Stop touching your face. Wash your hands with warm water and soap and when your hands become as dry as mine, some of nature’s goodness, that is to say extra virgin olive oil is a great moisturizer. By the way it’s great on the dry cuticles too!